A petition asking for an investigation into alleged abuse of disabled twin boys and signed by thousands of people will be presented to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in the near future, according to a story by Stephanie Woodard at Indian Country Today Media Network.
In the petition, the boys’ mother, Audre’y Eby, who is Rosebud Sioux, asks why local courts in Iowa’s Plymouth County insist on placing two helpless special-needs Native teens with their father, who is her ex-husband, and his live-in girlfriend. The pair logged their sixth abuse ruling this past September, when a Child Protective Services investigation determined that the girlfriend had kicked the blind twin in the groin, sending him to the ER with bruising and bleeding.
Iowa’s Department of Human Services documents, which Indian Country Today Media Network obtained under Iowa law, describe the father pressing the nose of the wheelchair-bound twin with cerebral palsy until it bled, pouring hot sauce down the boy’s throat with the girlfriend’s help and much more.
The petition appeared Jan. 15 on RH Reality Check, a news website that covers women’s reproductive health and justice, according to ICTMN.
Within hours, thousands of people had signed it.
“They are doing everything they can to browbeat the mother and keep the children from her, while ignoring very serious abuse,” Indian child welfare expert Frank LaMere told Woodard. “Iowans, including the governor, need to take some people behind the woodshed.”
Links to Woodard’s original story detailing the abuse allegations can be found on a Jan. 7 posting on the Buffalo Post.
- Vince Devlin